Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie keeps breaking boundaries, winning a special Mary McCarthy award for her thought evoking novels and charismatic public awareness. Adichie was last month conferred with an honorary degree from Haverford College, an institution in Pennsylvania, United States.
Renowned South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka has described being honoured at the upcoming 2017 BET Awards as a great honour to be respected for her talent. We congratulate the artist on the recognition.
The world is mourning the passing of the head of the U.N. population agency, Babatunde Osotimehin, who was a global leader in promoting public health, sexual and reproductive rights and services for women and girls. Osotimehin, who was 68, had led the United Nations Population Fund, known as UNFPA, since 2011, died Sunday evening at his home. He is survived by his wife, Olufunke Osotimehin, five children and several grandchildren.
South Africa: Opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Saturday announced the suspension of former party leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille over her controversial tweets about colonialism. Zille sparked public outcry over a series of social media posts that suggested colonialism brought benefits to the country.
Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) cargo train started operations on Tuesday, effectively cutting down the cost of transporting goods from Mombasa, and reducing time it gets to the destination. The new Chinese-built route aimed at cementing Kenya’s position as the gateway to East Africa was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Port Reitz in Mombasa. The inaugural train boarded by President Uhuru Kenyatta was driven by two young Kenyan women who are part of team.
Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya to become east Africa’s top economic giant. According to data from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Ethiopia’s annual economic output, (Gross Domestic Product – GDP), hit $72.52 billion (Sh7.4 trillion) last year from $64.68 billion in 2015 and is expected to touch $78.3 billion this year. Ethiopia opened a Sh3 billion gap against former leader Kenya to make it east Africa’s top economic giant. Ethiopia’s growth has been attributed to public-led spending on infrastructure and a robust domestic demand.
Andela – the Nigerian-based innovative software training company which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has invested $24-million in and that already operates in Nigeria and Kenya – is opening its third African headquarters in Uganda.
Africa Day was first held in 1963 in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, when 32 countries formed the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU). Africa Day is a national holiday in a handful of countries and is widely celebrated by Africans. As we commemorate this day here are a few songs from African greats and newer additions to the culture that highlight some of the themes and some that will just make for a good day!
Mthatha-born Dr Ncumisa Jilata 29, is among the new batch of fellows for the Council of Neurosurgeons of South Africa, following their graduation at Glen ridge Church in Stamford Hill, Durban last week. The young achiever completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at Walter Sisulu University’s Mthatha Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009. Even though there is still a lot to do, it is clear that the face of Neurosurgery is certainly changing in several parts of Africa. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.